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Burzine K Waghmar

A.B. (Coll. Wm & Mary), M.A. (Boston)
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Mr Burzine K Waghmar
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Thesis title:
Bactrian and Central Asian Diplomatics.


Iranian and Inner Asian History and Historical Geography (2500 BC-AD 1000); Zoroastrianism; Manichaeism; Indo-Iranian Philology: Codicology, Diplomatics, Lexicography, Palaeography; Iranian Art, Literatures and Religions of the Silk Road during Late Antiquity (AD 250-800); New Iranian and Dardic Dialectology, Ethnology and Topography of Afghanistan and Pakistan: Balochistan, FATA/Waziristan, Northern Areas, Nuristan and Northwest Frontier Province/NWFP; Muslim-non-Muslim relations (Dhimmi studies, especially in Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh); medieval and modern Islamic history; Counterterrorism and forensic phonetics (speech translation & analysis); Oriental studies: modern historiography, British orientalists, history of SOAS.   


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Authored Books

Waghmar, Burzine and Chaghatai, M. Ikram (2005) Bibliography of the works of the Scholar-Hermit Prof. Dr. Annemarie Schimmel from 1943 through 2003. Lahore: Iqbal Academy.


Waghmar, Burzine (2015) 'Jinnah's Jews: a Jeremiad'. Studies on Israel, (5), pp 213-235.

Waghmar, Burzine (2013) 'Complaisant Pakistanis, Condescending Persians: Orientalist Observations on Iran-Pakistan Relations'. Studies on Iran: Reports, Articles, (1), pp 186-194.

Waghmar, Burzine (2010) 'The Idea of Iran: last of the Persian dynasties'. The Middle East in London, (6) 8, pp 14.

Waghmar, Burzine (2009) '"The Zoroastrian-Islamic rut": reflections on the scholarship of Zoroastrianism and Islam'. FEZANA, (23) 4, pp 41-42.

Waghmar, Burzine (2009) 'The Idea of Iran: traditions and innovations in early Islamic Persia'. The Middle East in London, (5) 8, pp 19.

Waghmar, Burzine (2008) 'Professor Ann Lambton'. The Independent, pp 50-50.

Waghmar, Burzine (2008) 'The Idea of Iran: the Early Islamic Period'. The Middle East in London, (4) 8, pp 17.

Waghmar, Burzine (2005) 'Pakistan Studies: The State of the Craft'. Dawn (Books and Authors Supplement), pp 5-5.

Waghmar, Burzine (2003) 'Professor Annemarie Schimmel (April 7, 1922 to January 26, 2003)'. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, (13) 3, pp 377-379.

Waghmar, Burzine (2003) 'Annemarie Schimmel'. The Guardian, pp 24-24.

Waghmar, Burzine (2002) 'Ilya Gershevitch (1914-2001)'. Nāme-ye Irān-e Bāstān: The International Journal of Ancient Iranian Studies, (1) 2, pp ix-xii.

Waghmar, Burzine and Frye, Richard N. (2001) 'Bactrian History and Language: An Overview'. Journal of the K. R. Cama Oriental Institute, (64), pp 40-48.

Waghmar, Burzine (2001) 'Iranica at SOAS: A Brief History'. FEZANA, (14) 3, pp 25-27.

Waghmar, Burzine (2001) 'Georg Morgenstierne and his Indo-Iranology'. CIAA Newsletter, (14), pp 22-22.

Waghmar, Burzine (2001) 'The Disintegration of Afghan Heritage'. CIAA Newsletter, (14), pp 15-16.

Waghmar, Burzine (2001) 'Afganistán: una historia milenaria'. CIAA Newsletter, (14), pp 34-34.

Waghmar, Burzine (2001) 'Inaugural Faridoon Zartoshty Memorial Lecture at SOAS'. CIAA Newsletter, (13), pp 20.

Waghmar, Burzine (2001) '‘Treasures of the Ark: 1700 Years of Armenian Christian Art’ The British Library, London, U.K.'. CIAA Newsletter, (13), pp 30-31.

Waghmar, Burzine (2001) 'Inaugural Ehsan and Latifeh Yarshater Lectures at the Collège de France, Paris'. CIAA Newsletter, (14), pp 20-21.

Waghmar, Burzine (2000) 'SOAS Names Endowed Chair in Zoroastrian Studies'. SIS Newsletter, (30) 2, pp 7-7.

Waghmar, Burzine and Frye, Richard (1999) ''Zoroastrians in the Early Islamic Period,’ trans. of Richard Frye,‘Zoroastrier in der frühislamischer Zeit,’ Der Islam, 40 (1965): 198-99'. Journal of the K. R. Cama Oriental Institute, (63), pp 94-97.

Waghmar, Burzine (1998) 'Salmān Pāk: A Mōbed of Islam?'. Ushta: A Zoroastrian Studies Publication, (19) 2, pp 6.

Waghmar, Burzine (1996) 'Al-Majūs: The Zoroastrians of the Qu’rān'. FEZANA, (9) 4, pp 17.

Edited Books or Journals

Waghmar, Burzine, (ed.), (2004) The Empire of the Great Mughals: History, Art Culture. London: Reaktion Books.

Book Chapters

Waghmar, Burzine and Sharma, Sunil (2016) ''Firdawsi: a Scholium.''. Firdawsii Millennium Indicum: Proceedings of the Shahnama Millenary Seminar, K R Cama Oriental Institute, Mumbai, 8-9 January, 2011.. Mumbai: K. R. Cama Oriental Institute, pp 7-18.

Waghmar, Burzine (2016) 'An Annotated Micro-history and Bibliography of the Houghton Shahnama.'. Firdawsii Millennium Indicum: Proceedings of the Shahnama Millenary Seminar, K R Cama Oriental Institute, Mumbai, 8-9 January, 2011.. Mumbai: K. R. Cama Oriental Institute, pp 144-180.

Waghmar, Burzine (2016) 'Iridescent Iran: Persian palimpsest, Mazdean mosaic '. In: Cama, Shernaz, (ed.), Threads of Continuity: Zoroastrian Life and Culture . New Delhi: Parzor Foundation, pp 215-224.

Waghmar, Burzine (2015) 'Burning Balochistan: Bombay Blowback and Pakistani Perfidy'. In: Petkovic, Iva, (ed.), Buried Human Rights, Global Geopolitics and Regional Repercussions; Balochistan in the Shadows. The Hague, The Netherlands: Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), pp 28-44.

Waghmar, Burzine (2014) 'Beleaguered Balochs: Muslim Republics Murdering Muslim Minorities'. Human Rights, Regional Security and Perspectives for Balochistan and Pakistan Post-2014 . The Hague, The Netherlands: Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), pp 18-22.

Waghmar, Burzine (2013) 'Yet another Stan? Talibanisation and Islamic Radicalism in Balochistan and Southwest Asia'. Conference Report: What Future for Balochistan? Global and Regional Challenges. The Hague, The Netherlands: Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), pp 25-27.

Waghmar, Burzine (2013) 'Ann Katharine Swynford Lambton [Nancy] (1912-2008)'. In: Goldman, Lawrence, (ed.), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2005-2008. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 674-675.

Waghmar, Burzine (2011) 'Islamic rule in Iran and Central Asia, 650-1000 CE'. In: Bisson, Wilfred J., (ed.), World History Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, pp 296-299.

Waghmar, Burzine (2010) 'Dinshah Dorabji Kapadia'. In: Yarshater, Ehsan, (ed.), Encyclopædia Iranica, vol. XV. New York: Encyclopædia Iranica Foundation, pp 521-521.

Waghmar, Burzine (2010) 'Preliminary Remarks on Bactrian Diplomatics'. In: Macuch, Maria and Weber, Dieter and Durkin-Meisterernst, Desmond, (eds.), Ancient and Middle Iranian Studies: Proceedings of the 6th European Conference of Iranian Studies, held in Vienna, 18-22 September 2007. Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz Verlag, pp 245-254.

Waghmar, Burzine (2009) 'Gujarati'. In: Brown, Keith and Ogilvie, Sarah, (eds.), Concise Encyclopedia of the Languages of the World. Oxford: Elsevier, pp 468-469.

Waghmar, Burzine and Young, Ruth (2008) 'Central Asia 500 BC-AD 600'. In: Onians, John, (ed.), The Art Atlas. London: Laurence King, pp 82-83.

Waghmar, Burzine (2006) 'Gujarati'. In: Brown, Keith, (ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics , 2nd ed.. Oxford: Elsevier, pp 173-174.

Waghmar, Burzine (2005) 'Annemarie Schimmel and Indo-Pakistan Studies'. In: Durrani, Saeed, (ed.), Remembering the Scholar-Hermit: Proceedings of the Annemarie Schimmel Commemorative Seminar. Lahore: Iqbal Academy, pp 67-72.

Waghmar, Burzine and Young, Ruth (2004) 'Central Asia 500 BC-AD 600'. In: Onians, John, (ed.), Atlas of World Art. London: Laurence King, pp 82-83.

Waghmar, Burzine (2001) 'A Note on Parsi Islamology'. In: Modi, H. N., (ed.), Third International Congress Proceedings: K. R. Cama Oriental Institute.. Bombay: K. R. Cama Oriental Institute, pp 252-258.

Conference Items

Waghmar, Burzine (2013) 'Yet Another Stan? Talibanisation and Islamic Radicalism in Balochistan and Southwest Asia' In: Global and Regional Security Challenges in South Asia: What Future for Balochistan, 24 February 2013, The Royal Society, London.

Waghmar, Burzine (2011) ''A celebration of 25 centuries': Pahlavisants, Pakistanis and Parsis' In: Persepolis 40 Years on: International Conference on the Archaeology, History and Reception of Persepolis, October 14-16, 2011, The University of Edinburgh.

Waghmar, Burzine (2011) 'Iran extérieur and Serindia: daily transactions along the Borderlands' In: Borderlands: 84th South Asia Archive and Library Group Winter Conference, January 28, 2011, Royal Asiatic Society, London. [Unpublished]

Waghmar, Burzine (2010) 'Matthew's Midrashic Magi' In: Zoroastrianism in the Levant: Twenty-Eighth Conference, ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies, 5-7 July, 2010, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford. [Inpress]

Waghmar, Burzine (2006) 'Bangladesh Workshop: Conflict Issues Group' In: Bangladesh Workshop: Conflict Issues Group, 30 March, 2006, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), London. [Unpublished]

Waghmar, Burzine (2006) 'Bangladesh: Dynamic Stalemate (2005-15)' In: Bangladesh: Issues of Political Stability and Islamic Radicalization, 23 February, 2006, Chatham House, London. [Unpublished]

Waghmar, Burzine (2005) 'Orientalist remarks on South Asian dhimmis' In: "Religious Revivalism and Political Extremism in Pakistan and Bangladesh", 16 December 2005, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London. [Unpublished]

Waghmar, Burzine (2005) 'Zoroastrian Orientalists of the 19th and 20th centuries' In: Eighth World Zoroastrian Congress 2005. London, 24 June - 1 July, 2005, Wembley Conference Centre. [Unpublished]

Waghmar, Burzine (2005) 'Annemarie Schimmel and Indo-Pakistan Studies' In: A Quest for the Sacred: Professor Annemarie Schimmel Commemorative Seminar, 9 October 2003, London.

Waghmar, Burzine (2004) 'Good and Evil: A Zoroastrian Perspective' In: Roshni Forum, 28 March, 2004, Indian YMCA, London. [Unpublished]

Waghmar, Burzine (2003) 'Annemarie Schimmel: Zindagani aur Ilmiyat [Annemarie Schimmel: Life and Scholarship]' In: SOAS Urdu Society, 31 May, 2003, SOAS. [Unpublished]

Waghmar, Burzine (2003) 'Tribute to Annemarie Schimmel' In: Mera Payam Aur: Symposium on the Poet of the East Sir Allama Iqbal (1877-1938), 24 May, 2003, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford. [Unpublished]

Waghmar, Burzine (2001) 'G. K. Nariman and Parsi Islamology' In: Third International Congress Proceedings: K. R. Cama Oriental Institute, 6-8 January 2000, Bombay.

Book Reviews

Waghmar, Burzine (2008) 'Review of Elena Ku'zmina, The Origin of the Indo-Iranians (Leiden and Boston, 2007) and E. E. Kuzmina, The Prehistory of the Silk Road, ed. V. Mair (Philadelphia, 2008)'. Journal of Inner Asian Art & Archaeology, (3), pp 185-186.

Waghmar, Burzine (2007) 'Review of Shaul Shaked, Le satrape de Bactriane et son gouverneur: Documents araméens du IVe s. avant notre ère provenant de Bactriane (Paris, 2004).'. Bulletin of the Asia Institute, (17), pp 190-192.

Waghmar, Burzine (2006) 'Review of Tahir Jahangir, A Travel Companion to the Northern Areas of Pakistan (Karachi, 2004).'. South Asia Research, (26), pp 212-213.

Waghmar, Burzine (2005) 'Review of Annemarie Schimmel, Morgenland und Abendland: Mein west-östliches Leben (Munich, 2002).'. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, (15), pp 236-238.

Waghmar, Burzine (2005) 'Review of Josef Wiesehöfer, Das Frühe Persien: Geschichte eines antiken Weltreichs (Munich, 1999) and Michael Witzel, Das Alte Indien (Munich, 2003).'. Bulletin of the Asia Institute [n.s.], (15), pp 203-203.

Waghmar, Burzine (2005) 'Review of B. A. Litvinsky, ed. Vostochniĭ Turkestan v drevnosti i rannem srednevekov’e: Arkhitektura, Isskustvo, Kostyum (Moscow, 2000).'. Bulletin of the Asia Institute [n.s.], (15), pp 205-206.

Waghmar, Burzine (2005) 'Review of Richard Foltz, Spirituality in the Land of the Noble: How Iran Shaped the World’s Religions (Oxford, 2004).'. Iranian Studies, (38), pp 526-531.

Waghmar, Burzine (2004) 'Review of Bernard Lewis, What Went Wrong? Western Impact and Middle East Response (London and New York, 2001) and idem, The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror (London and New York, 2003).'. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, (32) 2, pp 347-349.

Waghmar, Burzine (2004) 'Review of Richard Hovannisian and Georges Sabagh, eds. The Persian Presence in the Islamic World (Cambridge, 1999).'. Journal of Near Eastern Studies, (63), pp 121-122.

Waghmar, Burzine (2004) 'Review of Pierre Briant, From Cyrus to Alexander: A History of the Persian Empire, tr. Peter Daniels (Winona Lake IN, 2002)'. CIAA Newsletter, (20), pp 51-52.

Waghmar, Burzine (2003) 'Review of D. D. Kosambi, Combined Methods in Indology and Other Writings, comp., ed. and introd. B. Chattopadhyaya (New Delhi, 2002)'. CIAA Newsletter, (18), pp 79-80.

Waghmar, Burzine (2000) 'Review of Richard Foltz, Religions of the Silk Road: Overland Trade and Cultural Exchange from Antiquity to the Fifteenth Century (London and New York, 1999)'. CIAA Newsletter 11, pp 37-39.

Waghmar, Burzine (2000) 'Review of Richard Frye, The Heritage Of Central Asia: From Antiquity to the Turkish Expansion (Princeton 1996, repr. 1998)'. Bulletin of the Asia Institute [n.s.], (11), pp 210-210.

Waghmar, Burzine (1999) 'Review of R. E. Emmerick and P. O. Skjærvø, eds. Studies in the Vocabulary of Khotanese III (Vienna, 1997).'. CIAA Newsletter 9, pp 48-49.

Waghmar, Burzine (1999) 'Review of Bernard Lewis, The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2,000 Years (London and New York 1995, repr. 1997).'. Archív Orientální, (67), pp 425-426.

Waghmar, Burzine (1999) 'Review of Judith Josephson, The Pahlavi Translation Technique as Illustrated by Hōm Yašt (Uppsala, 1997)'. Iranian Studies, (32), pp 417-418.

Waghmar, Burzine (1999) 'Review of Courtesy and Survival in Pashto and Dari: One hundred words of basic Pashto and Dari. London: Central Asian Studies, SOAS [1990]'. CIAA Newsletter, (9), pp 46-47.

Waghmar, Burzine (1999) 'Review of A. D. H. Bivar, The Personalities of Mithra in Archaeology and Literature, Biennial Yarshater Lecture Series 1 (New York, 1998)'. CIAA Newsletter, (10), pp 38-39.

Waghmar, Burzine (1998) 'Review of Nicholas Sims-Williams and Shirin Akiner, eds. Languages and Scripts of Central Asia (London, 1997).'. CIAA Newsletter 6, pp 29-29.

Waghmar, Burzine (1998) 'Review of Nicholas Sims-Williams, ed. 'Proceedings of the Third European Conference of Iranian Studies (Pt. 1 Old and Middle Iranian Studies)''. CIAA Newsletter, (8), pp 40-41.


Waghmar, Burzine and Jellinek, Richard (2007) 'Learn Gujarati at SOAS'.


Waghmar, Burzine (1996) The Vice-Regency of the Jurisconsult: Sacred Politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Masters dissertation. Boston University. [Unpublished]


Waghmar, Burzine (2010) 'Jašn-e jahānī-ye Norūz [The World Nowrouz Festivities, Sa‘dabad Palace, Teheran, Saturday, 27 March 2010 (live coverage)]'.


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